Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) recently announced several system-wide changes to their bus services and routes (PDF). Included are changes which will impact Ferndale area routes.
Route changes, extended hours and Sunday service are planned to begin Sunday, March 19th. Everyday service to small towns outside of Bellingham, including Ferndale, is a first for WTA.
Existing route 55 will be replaced by route, #75 (PDF) which will run through the Ferndale Park-n-Ride lot from the downtown Bellingham WTA station to Blaine and Birch Bay via Portal Way/Enterprise Road to Grandview Road. A result of these changes, according to WTA, means service will no longer be available on Portal Way between Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Grandview Road.
Existing route #27 (PDF), which circulates through west Ferndale and returns to the Cordata WTA station via the Ferndale Park-n-Ride, will run later during weekdays and on Sundays according to WTA.
Existing route #50 (PDF), which connects Gooseberry Point/Lummi Island ferry with the downtown Bellingham WTA station will see route and schedule changes. Route 50 will run later on weekdays and begin running on Sundays according to WTA. It will also begin going down W Maplewood Avenue instead of down Bennett Drive and Cottonwood Avenue to reach Northwest Avenue.
WTA says the changes were the result of a Strategic Planning process involving riders, employees, Board of Directors, community members and organizational partners to create a plan for expanding bus service. The plan was approved by WTA’s Board of Directors in October 2016.